Restaurants in the Trois Vallées
The Trois Vallées is home to some exceptional restaurants. We try our best to keep this list up to date to help you with your lunch and dinner choices on the staff day off. Our top 6 restaurants have all been marked with a (!) for those planning a truly gourmet week.
Bel Air, Courchevel 1650 (!) +33 4 79 08 00 93
This restaurant has been running for decades and boasts a magnificent sun terrace. With easy access from Méribel with rolling blues it is a firm favourite with skiers of all levels. For non-skiers, it is an easy drive from Méribel to the bottom of the Ariondaz cable car (Courchevel-Moriond) which will take you straight to the restaurant door.
Favourites: Salade Bel Air, Steak Tartare & the Tarte aux Myrtilles
Ferme auberge d’Ariondaz, Courchevel 1650 (!) +33 4 79 08 02 65
Just at the top of the Petite Bosse piste this is a working “Laiterie en Alpage”. The guardians of this cheese makers run this small restaurant serving and selling their produce. It is recommended to speak some French here as it is truly a local affair and a favourite with the local pisteurs. On a Monday you may even be serenaded by Lionel the eccentric accordionist.
Favourites: Raclette, Fondue, Sérac… (Cheese !)
L’Oeil de Boeuf, Saint Bon +33 4 79 08 22 10
This is a traditional restaurant which cooks its meat on an open fire in the downstairs room (ask to sit here). It is very quick to access by a red run just below 1850. Very cosy on poor weather days.
Favourites: Homemade terrine, Grilled Meats.
Le Farçon*, La Tania +33 4 79 08 80 34
One of the many Michelin-starred restaurants in the Trois Vallées. They have a great lunch menu starting at €38. It is also an easy 15 minute drive from the Chalet in the evenings.
Favourites: If you are going to try snails anywhere be brave and try the amuse bouche here! Otherwise everything is great.
Le Plantin, Le Plantin (!) +33 4 79 04 12 11
The food is very good here and whilst à la carte can very pricey, there is an excellent lunch menu with two courses for €38 or three for €46. Alex, the owner, will take good care of you if you mention that you are from Le Yeti. He will pick you up from Méribel Village in the restaurant shuttle but the more adventurous can ski there directly from the Altiport by cutting right off the slopes down to Méribel Village after the bridge. Follow the cross-country path until it starts heading slightly uphill and then cut to the left. From there signs will guide you down a lovely tree run. It is always worth checking if the pisteur has groomed the slope recently when you ring to book. The restaurant is only a 10 minute drive from the Chalet for non-skiers.
Favourites: Filet Steak, Mashed potatoes, Café Gourmand!
Les Crêtes, Tougnette +33 6 09 40 12 11
If you are looking for a traditional savoyarde hut then look no further. Les Crêtes is situated at 2300m at the top of the Tougnette lift on the ridge before you head down to the Belleville Valley. Eco-toilets aside the food is good and it is also a great hot chocolate or vin chaud stop in a blizzard.
Favourites: Crozettes, Diots, Tartiflette
Le Bistrot de L’Orée, Rond Point des Pistes +33 4 79 00 31 29
Popular with the locals, if you have friends or children in ski school this is a must visit as it is just by the Rond Point des Pistes. Modern food, pizzas and a children’s menu are available. It is also great for a light meal and a glass of wine.
Favourites: Cold meats sharing platter, Salads, Burgers
Adray Télébar, Rond Point des Pistes +33 4 79 08 60 26
Just below the Rond Point des Pistes the Télébar restaurant has one of the best south-facing terraces in Méribel.
NB: for those in a hurry they also now have a fast food restaurant downstairs called the Cookie Club serving paninis, burgers, salads. A good spot for kids’ treats including nutella paninis.
Favourites: The chef’s paté (Terrine de sanglier), the veal with a cream and mushroom sauce (Escalope de veau à la crème).
La Fruitière at La Folie Douce, Mid-station Saulire +33 4 79 00 58 31
If you are looking for a party atmosphere then head to the Folie Douce for lunch and stick around for the Cabaret. With a table reservation you have access to a special area and can watch the acts in comfort.
La Bouitte***, Saint Marcel (!) +33 4 79 08 96 77
Definitely the best restaurant in the Trois Vallées. This family restaurant has recently gained its third Michelin star which means it is well worth a special journey. The father and son chefs produce interesting Savoyard dishes inspired by their travels around the world. We recommend taking one of their personalised menus as à la carte is very pricey – they present you with a list of ingredients at the start and you can state your preferences. The menu “3 Surprises” is copious, with numerous pre-courses, and the cheese trolley is spectacular. The restaurant is accessible via a lovely off-piste descent or they will fetch you in Les Menuires or St Martin-de-Belleville.
Chez Pépé Nicholas, Les Menuires (!) +33 6 09 45 28 35
A firm favourite, this chalet-style restaurant is slightly off-piste from Les Menuires. All the produce is locally sourced from their farm and they have a little shop for those who want to take a taste of Savoie home. Great for sunny days on a terrace or for chillier days inside. For the more adventurous you can cut off piste directly to the restaurant just above Les Menuires but you can also access it from the La Chasse piste.
Favourites: Cold cuts platter, Fondue, Pot au Feu
Le Lachenal, St Martin-de-Belleville (!) +33 4 79 08 96 29
Just next to the church in St Martin this is a charming old restaurant for skiers of all levels to access. The service is friendly and you are greeted with a paté or rillette on arrival to enjoy with your drinks.
Favourites: Dish of the Day, Tartiflette, Frogs Legs
Chalet de la Marine, Val Thorens +33 4 79 00 03 12
Just by the Peclet lift this is a great lunch spot with a good terrace when skiing in Val Thorens. Seafood and mountain dishes are popular here.
Favourites: Oysters, Hot Vacherin cooked in its box, Pot au Feu and Steak Tartare
Chalet Chinal Donat, Orelle +33 4 79 56 53 01
In the Fourth Vallée at the top of the Télécabine des Trois Vallées à Orelle you would never know that hidden upstairs, past the toilets, in this self-service is a tiny little restaurant with about five tables. Very cute for cold days, and friendly service. On warmer days part the terrace is reserved for restaurant guests so you can relax in the sun.
Favourites: Charcuterie platter and dish of the day.
Off piste destinations
We recommend that you employ a guide to take you on your adventures to these wonderful restaurants hidden in the mountains.
L’Ancolie, Nancroix +33 4 79 07 93 20
A hidden gem in the resort of Peisey-Vallandry. Truly rustic with lovely seasonal produce.
Favourites: The homemade terrines
Refuge Nant Brun, Deux Nants +33 18.104.22.168.52
A working refuge lost in the mountains. They even suggest reservations by text due to the lack of mobile network in the area.
Favourites: the Desserts and Génépi.
Chez Mérie, Le Miroir, Sainte-Foy +33 4 79 06 90 16
A lovely rustic restaurant run by sisters Marie and Elisabeth in the Tarantaise valley with fire grilled meats and stunning desserts.
Favourites: Everything is seasonal and beautifully presented!
Refuge de la Traye, Méribel +33 6 11 95 08 90
A local refuge just above Les Allues serving simple mountain food with a €17 menu.
Favourites: Pormonier et crozet
Auberge du Randonneur, La Planchette +33 6 80 41 84 32
Serving local specialities this spot is totally off the beaten track in Saint-Martin-de-la-Porte.
Favourites: The dishes of the day
Le Refuge, Méribel Centre +33 4 79 08 61 97
Right in the centre of Méribel it is a five minute walk from the Chalet. This restaurant is one of the oldest in Méribel. They do something for everyone here from pasta to pizza, fondu, tartiflette or crepes.
Favourites: Pizza, Crepes.
La Fromagerie, Galerie des Cimes, Méribel Centre +33 4 79 08 55 48
If you are feeling in need of a cheese-fest, this is the place to head to. It offers the best cheese in the resort. They have a little restaurant where you can have good wine, traditional fondues, raclette and other local dishes with all the trimmings. Avoid Wednesdays, if you can, as it is a popular destination; and do not take your ski jacket in, if possible, unless you fancy smelling of cheese the rest of the week!
Favourites: Fondue, Raclette.
L’Oeil de Boeuf, Saint Bon +33 4 79 08 22 10
A 15 minute drive from the Chalet, this restaurant also makes an excellent dinner destination.
Favourites: Homemade terrine, Grilled Meats.
CroMagnon, Plateau de Morel +33 4 79 00 57 38
A favourite all year round. It offers traditional dishes and pizzas. The staff are very friendly and portions are a good size. You can get to it by hopping on the bus for a five minute journey up the hill. Mention Chalet le Yeti and get a free digestif.
Favourites: Beef filet with wild morel mushrooms
La Ferme Auberge Chantacoucou, Chatelard (near St Martin) +33 6 13 98 91 56
This is a working farm serving its own produce. Their fixed menu is very good and you eat in a simple room strewn with sausages drying above the barn from the ceiling. You should mention dietary requirements when booking. Closed Mondays and unfortunately now for lunches. It is a 45 minute drive from the Chalet.
Favourites: Their homemade beef sausage
Chalet Tonia, Above Mottaret +33 4 79 00 45 11
On Wednesday evenings you can access the restaurant from the top of Mottaret by ski-doo thanks to “Snow Biker”. At the bottom of the Roc de Tougne drag lifts Chalet Tonia specialises in regional dishes and grilled meats. The Ski-doo evening is a real adventure from €85 per person including transport and meal. To reserve contact Snow Biker at 06 09 94 18 11.
Favourites: Marmite du jour.
For the last 30 years, Jonathan Rose has owned Chalet Le Yeti in Méribel.
Jonathan's knowledge and experience of Meribel and the Trois Vallées ski area is extensive through his own personal experience as a skier and chalet owner.